Building a web app with Ruby on Rails

In this tutorial I discussed Sinatra and walked through how to build an application to allow users to add and delete todo list items, as well as marking them as done. In this article we will work through building exactly the same application, but this time using Ruby on Rails. As both Sinatra and Ruby on Rails are based on the Ruby programming language and both use Rack as their foundation the article will also look at the differences and suggest why you may want to use one over the other.

For this application, we’ll be using the recently released Rails 4.0.0. This will work with Ruby 1.9.3 and Ruby 2.0.0. In this article, we’ll be working with Ruby 2.0.0. Once you have this installed along with RubyGems we can go ahead and install rails.

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